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See Original Sin for the "First Sin".

The Second Sin was according to the Orlesian Chantry beliefs a catastrophic event which led to the blackening of the Golden City and the creation of darkspawn.

Chantry teachings[]

Tevinter mages sacrifice slaves for the power to reach the Golden City.[1]

The Chantry holds that in -395 Ancient seven Magisters Sidereal, each a High Priest to one of the Old Gods[2], physically entered the Golden City. They did so at the behest of their gods to open "the unreachable gate" in exchange for "power and glory beyond all reckoning"[3]. Reputedly the spell required two-thirds of the lyrium in the Tevinter Imperium as well as the blood of several hundred slaves.[4] But instead of the dragons the mages found the Maker himself upon the throne of heaven.[5] The City turned black and the magisters were cast out as the first darkspawn, inadvertently causing the First Blight.[6][7]

While the Orlesian Chantry insists that a flaw inherent to human nature led to mankind's corruption, Tevinter authors lay the blame squarely on the Old Gods.[8] They also claim that the darkspawn always existed, and that the Blight and magisters are not even related. [9]

Accounts of the survivors[]

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Corypheus, one of the seven magisters and the High Priest of Dumat tells that he breached the Fade and walked the halls of the "Golden City".[10] Prior to the event Corypheus had been secretly discussing how to reverse the weakening religious influence of Old God worship with the other priests.[11] Corypheus states that they "sought the golden light" and Dumat "offered the power of the gods themselves".[12] He also says that he wanted "to serve the Old Gods of the empire in person".[10]

At midnight Corypheus sacrificed his elven servants in a blood magic ritual at the great altar, the "Claw of Dumat".[11] But the city that was "supposed to be golden" and "theirs" was black and corrupt instead, and he knew "darkness ever since".[12] Corypheus emphasizes that he "found only chaos and corruption, dead whispers" and that he "had seen the throne of the gods, and it was empty".[10] Cole can sense that Corypheus feels betrayed.[13] In his later private recollections, Corypheus rejects the accusation that they "brought darkness into the world", asserting that they "discovered the darkness", "claimed it as their own, let it permeate their being".[14] The fate of other magisters is unknown to Corypheus[14], yet at least some of them survived[15], including the Architect[16]

See also[]

Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 1 Codex entry: The First Blight: Chapter 1
Codex entry: The Mason's Tales: Invasion Codex entry: The Mason's Tales: Invasion